Perennials: If ground is frozen, finish mulching perennials and bulb planting beds. Place evergreen boughs over the mulch to keep it from blowing away. Protect rose bushes by adding soil or mulch as high as the graft on the plant.
Flowers: As new catalogs arrive, discard the old ones. Soon it will be time to think about ordering.
Vegetables and fruits: Cranberries, along with blueberries and Concord grapes, are the only fruits native to North America that are now grown commercially. Standard cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a low variety that spreads vigorously in its preferred site, a damp bog. The highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) bears tart, red berries similar to those of the standard cranberry and will tolerate drier sites, partial shade and very acidic soil.
Trees and shrubs: Continue watering shallow rooted and new plantings until snowfall. Mulch well. Spray broad leaved evergreens with an antidessicant to prevent moisture loss and tie evergreen shrubs to avoid breakage from winter snow.
Lawns: Spread gypsum on areas adjacent to roads to minimize salt damage.
Houseplants: Some pointers for the care of gift plants: First, poke a hole in the decorative wrapping paper and place on a saucer to catch water. The poinsettia is highly susceptible to injury from chilling drafts. Soil should be kept moist to the touch but not soggy wet. The color lasts best if the plants are in a west or east window. If the bottom leaves turn yellow, the plant is too wet.
Keep a cyclamen in the coolest spot available. Keep the soil moist, not wet. The kalanchoe likes bright sun (it is a cousin of the jade plant); water thoroughly after the soil dries out. After the flowers fade, cut back the stems to the tops of the leaves and feed to encourage rebloom.
General: Deck the halls.